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Cowley Hoping Replay is Picked for Live TV
Monday, 9th Jan 2017 06:00

Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley hopes the FA Cup third round replay with the Blues at Sincil Bank a week on Tuesday will be chosen for live TV coverage. Town's blushes were saved by an 86th minute equaliser from Tom Lawrence, who Cowley believes is a Premier League player, as Saturday’s game ended 2-2.

“We’d love that, we had the television for the Oldham game,” said Cowley when the prospect of live TV coverage of the replay was put to him. “It’s money that’s massive to us as a club. It makes a significant difference.

“If that was to happen that would obviously be great and would just add to what should be a really good replay.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s tie and ahead to the teams’ second meeting, he added: “I thought we stopped them controlling the game. I think they wanted to control the game with possession and I felt the way we pressed meant that it forced them to go long and we did well dealing with their direct play.

“I thought that allowed us to have a control of it. In terms of the replay, we’re respectful. Mick McCarthy is a manager who has managed in the Premier League, he’s managed at a World Cup, he’s got a fantastic squad of players, so we’re not getting ahead of ourselves, we know how tough the replay will be.

“It’s a game that we’ll look forward to because we want to keep having these examinations because I think these examinations will allow us to grow.

“When you’re exposed to really good players they really test your method, they test you technically, tactically, physically, mentally and we want those tests because we want to improve and we want to be better as individuals and as a collective group.”

How was the dressing room after the match having had victory snatched away at the last? “There's a tinge of disappointment when you get that close but that quickly subsided and I think the boys will wake up tomorrow morning and they’ll be mightily proud and they should be because they heroic today for me, absolutely heroic.

“The supporters at this football club are magnificent and they’ve been starved of success and I think they’ve seen something in our players, something in the group that they can connect with.

“They see hard work and a determination and for a non-league club to bring 5,000 supporters away from home [is quite something], someone told me that it’s the biggest away support since Portman Road has been an all-seater.

“That says everything about them and if we can be half as good as our supporters, we’ll be one helluva team.”

Cowley was very impressed with Lawrence, the man who more than anyone else prevented his side from winning the tie.

“A bit disappointed with the first goal in terms of giving a square pass away and probably to the worst player possible on their team in Tom Lawrence,” he said.

“If he’s not a Premier League footballer I’d like to know what one looks like because he’s a helluva player.

“Maybe a tactical foul at that point would have stopped him in his tracks. I think one or two maybe tried!

“He’s a great player and he got two good goals. For me they were two very good finishes from him.”

Lawrence is on loan for the season with parent club Leicester unable to recall him in January even if they receive interest in signing him on a permanent basis from elsewhere without the agreement of all three parties, the Blues, the Foxes and the player.

Cowley gained some inside knowledge of the Town squad from teenage Portman Road season ticket holder Joe Snell and his dad Bradley at the recent Bristol City match.

“I was looking for them actually,” he said. “Our cousin and her son and her husband are Ipswich season ticket holders. They were sitting somewhere behind our dugouts but I couldn’t quite see them.

“Boxing Day [Joe] was giving me a rundown of all the Ipswich players which his dad was having a go at him about! But he did tell me ‘I don’t support Ipswich any more, I support Chelsea anyway!’.”

Cowley recalled that he and his assistant, his younger brother Nicky, have previously faced Suffolk opposition earlier in their coaching careers.

“I remember as a Concord Rangers manager we’d come to Suffolk and we’d play Lowestoft and that was one helluva game for us because they were a big club at that level and they scared the life out of us, Lowestoft,” he said.

“We actually beat them in the play-off final to get out of the the Ryman Premier Division to the Conference South, which was a great achievement for Concord Rangers.

“So for us to come from that to Ipswich it definitely dawned on us what progress we’ve made.

“That’s through a lot of hard work and a lot of good people have helped us along the way.”

Cowley is hoping for a full house when the sides meet at Sincil Bank, a ground the Blues last travelled to in April 1961 when they won an old Second Division game 2-1.

“We managed to get 7,000 in round two against Oldham, which was a fantastic crowd for us,” he said. “I think we might have 5,000 who will definitely be trying to get tickets.”

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greenfinch added 06:25 - Jan 9
please don't show the replay on tv, it will hardly been a cup shock if Lincoln win anyway, the way the town are playing and being managed my daughters under 10s would give them a run for there money.

DurhamTownFan added 07:09 - Jan 9
That lad who has stopped supporting us for Chelsea says it all. We're not going to be drawing in many more youngsters under the current regime are we?!

Really hope we're NOT on tv. banana skin narrowly avoided Saturday, but at their place could be much tougher

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 07:19 - Jan 9
Let's get it on TV, and go out and beat 'em. Heard enough about Lincoln now. It's time we won for a change.

WadeyBlue added 07:23 - Jan 9
I'm going

Ipswichtown4life added 07:25 - Jan 9
We need to win this one helluva game :-)

philpott2 added 07:30 - Jan 9
So glad I didn't bother going, I prefer to watch my lads u16 side play nowadays, passing the ball around, playing the 'right' way, even if not winning every week, they show improvement and their skills developing month by month, and they don't get paid!

They the fans will see 'hard work and determination'.........mmmm
We pressed.....forced them to go long......mmm.
And what advice could the young lad have offered? You lot play football and it'll be a breeze! Play some practice games against some props, pads and dummies as the opposition defenders and that's exactly what it'll be like.

Keaneish added 07:51 - Jan 9
Didn't Arsenal bring more for the league cup semi?

Dissboyitfc added 07:59 - Jan 9
More Humiliation on the way!

Feel envious of the Lincoln Supporters they have a real football team they connect with, we need that back!

MM out!!!

BLUEBEAT added 08:00 - Jan 9
Joe Snell You Smell

PJewellisaGod added 08:12 - Jan 9
can hear that song already in the last 20 minutes on live TV.
"Can we play you, can we play you, can we play you every week?" Or "it's all gone quiet over there".
Humiliation. Live. Please No.

TractorRoyNo1 added 08:16 - Jan 9
How many did west ham bring in the okay offs?

BlueySwede added 08:48 - Jan 9
Don´t mind a replay on telly. We need to win regardless and to be honest I think we will.

weevil added 09:07 - Jan 9
If we're picked for Live TV I am going to put £50 on Lincoln winning, I could do with a holiday.

BlueMachines added 09:24 - Jan 9
“Mick McCarthy is a manager who has managed in the Premier League, he’s managed at a World Cup," and done badly in both.

"he’s got a fantastic squad of players, " but isn't capable of getting them playing football.

Vizslaraner added 10:03 - Jan 9
God no! Please don't put it on TV, the last thing we want is the nation seeing how bad we are. We stopped them keeping the ball so they had to go long and defended well! You did very well Lincoln, but just another name added to the list of teams who snuff us out with our one dimensional rubbish

brazil1982 added 10:25 - Jan 9
I think we'll win the replay and quite comprehensively. Don't ask where I've got the optimism from.

COYB11 added 10:29 - Jan 9
More impressed everytime I hear Cowley speak. Seems to have a good connection with the fans, gets the best out of his players, and sets high standards at the club.

Even if we do manage to scrape past Lincoln in the replay, good luck to him and his team for the rest of the season.

Cheshire_Blue added 10:55 - Jan 9
The result in 1961 was actually 4-1. I was there to see it.

Brownie added 12:23 - Jan 9
Re the West Ham playoff & Arsenal Cup Semi's i don't think they had as many seats offered as we actually wanted some as well!

I think it will be on TV and we will lose..

I hope as always to be proved wrong and we put in a rip-roaring performance. In the meantime I suggest we concentrate on Blackburn; in the bottom 3 but only 7 points behind us & just beat Newcastle home & away. Confident? No me neither


martin587 added 13:43 - Jan 9
TV or not,This should not be a deterrent for us to have an excuse to loose.Are we not bigger than that.!!

Carberry added 14:11 - Jan 9
'We forced them to go long...' No you don't get it, that's our default tactic. We don't do anything else.

Michael11 added 15:04 - Jan 9
‘I don’t support Ipswich any more, I support Chelsea anyway!’

Pretty much the worst thing to read in that article. The kids are bored of what we put on show. I fear that we'll lose a whole generation of young potential Ipswich fans because of the lack of entertainment.

Seasider added 15:43 - Jan 9
I hope it is on TV,so I can be an armchair supporter in the warmth of my cosey home.

warktheline added 16:49 - Jan 9
If McCarthy doesn't do his homework on Lincoln, for sure we will be humiliated! Cowley will leave no stone unturned in pursuit of an upset, that my comrades, is a guarantee!

warktheline added 17:11 - Jan 9
MEMO: URGENT Marcus Evans.
There is a very young ambitious manager currently giving us the runaround!
My understanding is he would undoubtedly walk, YES walk, from Lincolnshire to Suffolk to aid our ailing football club!
CV upon request, and references from Braintree Town and Concord Rangers most favourable!
Also of the understanding that if financial situation is cause for concern, this eager and hungry young man, aided by brotherly love, will unquestionably take turns at driving team bus!

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